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9''women repair
doubles dilemma
By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Writer
After coming within one win of number 200 a few
weeks ago, Michigan women's tennis coach Bitsy Ritt
*robably thought the milestone victory would never come.
Despite starting off 4-0, the Wolverines dropped three
straight matches, including two against visiting Big Ten
foes Northwestern and Illinois on Feb. 25-26.
Apparently a trip out West was what the doctor ordered,
as the Wolverines (0-2 Big Ten, 5-3 overall) notched Ritt's
200th career victory and ended their three-match slide by
defeating San Diego State 6-3 this past Friday.
This match was played in the typical nonconference for-
"nat - the six singles being played first, followed by the
three doubles matches. This contrasts with the regular
'onference format, which has the three doubles playing
irst, followed by the six singles matches.
After Brooke Hart lost at No. I singles for only the
foirth time in her last 12 matches, the Wolverines then
won the next three contests at the two, three and four spots
to take an early 3-1 advantage.
At No. 2 singles, Danielle Lund captured her 72nd
carcer victory, pulling within one win of No. 6 on the
'Wolvcrines' all-time list. She is 3-I in singles since
returning from abdominal injury a few weeks ago.
:.Junior Szandra Fuzesi returned from a groin injury that
4ept her from competing against Illinois, and won in
raight-set fashion at No. 3 singles.
Freshman Joanne Musgrove followed suit by continuing
her impressive rookie season with a tight three-set victory
-t the No. 4 spot. Musgrove's 12 victories thus far (12-6)
places her second on the team, right behind Hart, who has
14.
But the Aztecs did not give up, winning the final two
s4ingles matches in three sets, tying up the dual match 3-3
going into doubles.
This proposed a problem for the Wolverines, for their
-oubles combinations have struggled of late. After start-
g ofT 1-4 in doubles this season, the tandems then went

Injured 'M' trips to 6th-place finish

By David Mosse
Daily Sports Writer

Jen Duprez helped the Michigan women's tennis team chase
down San Diego State this past Friday.
1-5 in their next two home battles with Northwestern and
Illinois. This included an unusually unsuccessful 0-2
showing by senior co-captains Lund and Brooke Hart,
who have peaked at a national No. 10 ranking in their
career together.
Also, injuries to junior Jen Vaughn and senior Erryn
Weggenman forced Ritt to make massive changes to the
doubles lineup.
The Lund-Hart combination was split up, and junior
Alison Sinclair made her season debut at doubles, teaming
up with Musgrove at No. 3 doubles.
But the resilient Wolverines swept the doubles competi-
tion in three tightly contested matches to give Ritt her
200th victory. Hart and Jen [)uprez teamed up for a 9-8
victory at No. I doubles, and the combos of Lund-Fuzesi
and Sinclair-Musgrove each pulled out 9-7 triumphs in the
eight-game doubles contests.
Michigan will not compete again until March 17, when
it takes on No. 18 Tennessee.
"We have a few weeks now to hopefully get healthy,
because it is really going to be important that we are all
ready to go for the rest of the Big Ten season," Fuzesi said.

Winning the Big Ten conference is
never easy. But winning it, without your
full arsenal is close to impossible.
The Michigan men's track team
learned this lesson the hard way as it
took a battered and bruised squad to
Bloomington, stumbling to a sixth-place
finish in the 2000 Big Ten Indoor
Championships.
After a ninth-place finish a year ago,
Michigan began the season with visions
of capturing the indoor conference
crown. But the week-to-week grind of
the regular season took a toll on the
Wolverines and by the time they reached
Indiana, their team bus resembled an
ambulance.
"We had a lot of adversity to deal
with," distance runner Mike Wisniewski
said. "We had lots of guys sick and a few
guys with nagging injuries."
The opening day did not go badly for
Michigan. Pole vaulter Charles DcWildt
placed second with an NCAA provision-
al qualifying score of 17-foot-2. The
Wolverines also scored in three other
events and stood in fourth place after
Day I with a total of 21 points, not far
behind the leaders. But the second day
proved to be Michigan's undoing, as sev-
cral Wolverines performed well below
their best form.
The disappointment began in the most
unexpected of places.
Michigan rode an incredible streak
into the 2000 Big Ten Championships.
Since 1993, a Wolverine had captured
first place in the mile run every year. The
streak included Jay Cantin's victory in
1999. This year, Cantin performed won-

derfully during the regular season and
was favored to win the race again.
But Cantin got off to a poor start,
falling well behind the rest of the field.
A late surge earned him third place but
also brought an end to the Wolverines'
remarkable run.
"The first two laps I had trouble get-
ting started," Cantin said. "It's very dis-
appointing because I know I was capable
of winning."
On the surface, Cantin appeared to
have run a very poor race. But moments
after the race ended, it was revealed he,
had sustained a severe ankle injury that
hampered his ability to compete.
"Jay couldn't even jog," Michigan
coach Ron Warhurst said. "It's amazing
he was able to run the way he did."
Regardless, Cantin's defeat, coupled
with pole vaulter Brent Scheffer's inabil-
ity to score the day before, cost
Michigan 14 points it figured on having.
Then in the 600 meters, Jeremy
Schneider, who excels in the event, inex-
plicably placed seventh behind team-
mate Steve Moffat, who ran sixth.
"It's probably the most disappointing
race of my life,"schneider said. "I felt so
good and thought I was in perfect posi-

tion - I should have beaten those guys."
Michigan was also hurt by a ham-
string injury to sprinter Ike Okenwa that
prevented Okenwa from taking part in
his patented 60-meter and 400-meter
relay races. Okenwa did place fifth'in
the 200 meters, while Derrick
Applewhite paced the sprint team with a
fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hur-
dles.
The field events produced twoscor-
ers. Patrick Johannson placed sixth in
the weight throw with a distance of 57-
1/2 and Oded Padan, in only his second
meet all season, took seventh in the
triple jump.
"Everyone was very nervous," Padan
said "Not everything went like it was on
paper"
Michigan did receive a boost in the
5000 meters as Wisniewski and Steve
Lawrence finished second and third,
respectively.
"I would have liked to have run a bet-
ter time,' said Wisniewski. "But having
Steve there helped me a lot."
Yet, without a single individual victo-
ry in an event, Michigan wound up ina
sixth-place tie with the Hoosiers, 88
points behind first-place Wisconsin.

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